Jennifer has a unique story – she was wrongly accused of a crime, convicted and served time at Rikers Island. Charges were dropped after she was released. By that time, she lost her life savings, employment and home. But Jennifer saw an opportunity to create a legacy. She launched Speak Up Women to help women find their voices to “speak up” – something she did not do during this tumultuous time of her life. Her work and its need is getting recognized all over the media and we are grateful she was able to share her story with us for this Thanksgiving special!
For Cindy Whitehead, looking through rose-colored glasses is a way of life.
Known for her liberal use of the color pink across her businesses as well as her wardrobe, Whitehead is passionate about equalizing the playing field between genders when it comes to sexual health.
It was precisely this issue which got Whitehead, a lifelong pharma-tech entrepreneur, thinking about the disparities in the sexual health industry, and how she could effectively address them with a pink-hued pill she launched via her parent company, Sprout Pharmaceuticals.
Once she finally received FDA approval in August, 2015, Whitehead decided to sell her company to Valeant Pharmaceuticals for $1 billion, with the hope that her brand would be built into a women’s healthcare platform, which she says “didn’t end up happening.” According to various medical sources, Addyi has been disappointing in terms of sales, attributed in part to a lack of support from Valeant.
Listen to find out about her billion-dollar acquisition, her new venture the pink ceiling and her thoughts on entrepreneurship trends.
Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices.
Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.
auren Leader-Chivée is the Co-Founder and CEO of All In Together. She has dedicated her career to closing the most critical personal, professional and political gender gaps for women. In addition to her role at AIT, Lauren is an Executive Advisor to Deloitte working with a range of global companies on their most pressing diversity issues. Formerly the President of the global think tank Center for Talent Innovation and Founding Partner at Hewlett Chivée Partners LLC, she has tirelessly advocated for women’s leadership as a driver of economic growth and opportunity.
Recently chosen by Fortune as one of the 50 Most Influential Women on Twitter, Leader-Chivée writes extensively for the Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review and Inc and her thought leadership has been featured in a wide range of media including the BBC, Dow Jones, CNN, Washington Post, NY Times and the Wall Street Journal. She is the co-author of Center for Talent Innovation publications “Executive Presence,” “Sponsor Effect UK,” “The Battle for Female Talent in India” and “The X-Factor.” Her forthcoming book “The Thinnest Line” looks at why and how American diversity is its best and most underleveraged asset.
While at the Center for Talent Innovation, Lauren led cutting-edge research and advised global clients across industry including Bristol Myers-Squibb, Genentech, Siemens, Deutsche Bank, EY, Bloomberg, Credit Suisse, HP and many others and drove significant advancements for professional women. Her work has made her a sought after speaker for a wide array of forums around the world.
Lauren began her career in Human Resources at a number of top companies including Weiss, Peck & Greer, Pfizer, Credit Suisse and Office Tiger. She began actively advocating for women’s issues in 2007. In collaboration with National Partnership for Women and Families, she lobbied congress to expand the FMLA. She later worked with a Better Balance to advocate for paid sick leave bills in New York State.
Lauren is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and on the boards of the 30% Club and Inkwell.
Sara Moylan is America’s newest superwoman. In addition to being a mother of four daughters ranging from ages 4 to 13 years old, working a day job as a sales rep, and being a fitness junkie on the side, she has now managed to solve a problem of so many women. Finally, there is a custom fit and custom adjustable sports bra!
Listen to find out how she is juggling many things at once, including a full-time sales job and a thriving company that has done really well on Shark Tank.